Service Dog Trainer and Kennel Staff

Reports to:          Director of Training

Position:              Full Time

Primary Functions, Responsibilities and Duties:

  • To provide training support to the Director of Training. 
  • To assist in training service dogs for individuals with invisible disabilities defined as: PTSD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Diabetes and Seizure Disorder
  • To work with dogs-in-training on site at the facility in Virginia
  • To familiarize dogs-in-training with human interaction, teach basic obedience skills such as walking in pace, following basic commands.
  • To work under the supervision of the Director of Training and Head Trainers to learn and then execute Organizational training techniques for particular field of service in which the dog must work.
  • To do some community outreach/awareness/advocacy events as directed by the Organization
  • To provide basic kennel services on site at the facility in Virginia to include but not limited to daily clean-out of pens, food and watering of all dogs on site, exercising dogs, keep health logs and doing daily health checks on the dogs as directed by the Director of Training or Head Trainers.

Job Activities:

  • Performing General Physical Activities that require considerable use of arms, legs and body movement such as climbing, lifting, walking, stooping, handling of service dog simultaneous with work materials.
  • Judging the Qualities of the Service Dog in Training by assessing the quality of the performance/tasking of the service dog in training.
  • Getting Information by observing, receiving and obtaining information from relevant sources such as SDWR staff, collaborators and partners.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions and Event by categorizing, estimating and recognizing differences or similarities, detecting and appropriately reacting to changes in circumstances and or events.
  • Developing Objectives and Strategies by establishing short and long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them particular in training the service dog and maintaining the overall duties associated with kennel upkeep and dog health.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships by developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with staff, partners and collaborators, and maintaining good relationships over time.


  • Learning Strategies – selecting and using training methods and procedures appropriately
  • Speaking – talking with others effectively to convey information and thoughts
  • Monitoring – monitoring and assessing performance of yourself, the service dog in training
  • Judgment and decision making—consider costs and or time in relationship to the benefits of a potential action.


This is a physically demanding position that requires trainers/kennel staff to walk and control dogs of various sizes and breeds.  Physical ability to maintain dog kennels in a consistently clean and safe way is imperative.  Ability to recognize the symptoms of an unwell dog, under the guidance and direction of supervisors, is also imperative.  Ability to work in outside environment—cold and heat is required.  A minimum two years experience working with or training dogs is a plus.

Candidate must have reliable transportation, a valid driver’s license and clean driving record.

Qualified candidate must enjoy working with dogs and be passionate about improving the quality of life for the disabled.

No phone calls will be accepted.

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